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Turkey giveaways, Thanksgiving meals on tap for the needy [Updated]

Turkey Several Los Angeles-area turkey giveaways are planned this week for families in need. Here are a couple:

  • South Los Angeles: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other notables will be at Jackson Limousine Service to give out turkey dinners with all the trimmings to some 10,000 people in one of Southern California's largest giveaways. 3669 West Slauson Ave. (between West Boulevard and Deane Avenue) in Los Angeles. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Boyle Heights: The Salesian Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles will be giving away turkey and food baskets to needy families Wednesday at the Salesian Family Youth Center at 2228 E. 4th St. You must be a resident of Los Angeles and register by Tuesday. Call (323) 263-7519 for more information.

In need of a meal but not up to cooking the bird yourself? A number of free feasts are offered around town:

  • Skid Row: The Fred Jordan Mission will be cooking 2,400 Thanksgiving meals and giving away sweatshirts and socks to the homeless and needy Thursday at 445 Towne Ave. [For the record,  2:21 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the event was to be held Wednesday and that the mission would be giving away 2,000 meals and handing out shoes.]
  •  Hollywood: Struggling actors, comics and writers are invited to the Laugh Factory for its 32nd annual free Thanksgiving dinner. The comedy club will serve 2,000 free meals on Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m to 7 p.m. at 8001 Sunset Blvd.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: People line up in South Los Angeles Tuesday morning, hoping to receive a free turkey dinner during the 23rd annual Jackson Limousine Service Turkey Dinner Giveaway. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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Anyone know of similar activities in West San Bernardino County or East L.A. County (Pomona, Ontario)?

The Salvation Army Pomona Corps is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner tomorrow. Here is the link for more information, http://www1.usw.salvationarmy.org/usw/www_usw_southcal.nsf/vw-events-all/644F2C4B8659AEAE882577D50076C573?opendocument

that picture is awesome.

Bunch of free loaders.

Hope that lady in line got that cigarette as a gift and didn't buy a pack because that habit is rather expensive.

Thank You Jackson Family , God will richly bless you for your generousity.

I'd rather go hungry. Some people have no shame.

Pitiful let see they can't afford to buy a turkey but they got enough money for smokes and fancy jogging suits! Check out the picture of the woman smoking too funny!

gotta laugh: just in this one photo we see a smoker (not a cheap habit) and a cell-phone user (not cheap either) - I'm just sayin'

I realize this may sound a little cynical. but why is it that in almost every picture of people standing in line for free food, kids clothing, etc. a great many of them are smoking cigarettes? With the price of a packet of cigarettes today, I would think they could hardy afford them. Maybe their priorities neeed a little realignment.

You have the day of the Fred Jordan dinner wrong it is Thursday, THANKSGIVING DAY!!!! Please make a correction.

You have the day wrong for the Fred Jordan Mission it is Thursday THANKSGIVING DAY!!!

I think nearly every city and town has a Food Bank and they give free boxes of food and right now they're still taking in donations of Turkey's, fresh produce, canned goods, etc. Anyone wanting to help out their communities can donate all year long. The food goes to anyone in need as long as they can prove their residency of a phone bill, drivers license, etc.

So nice that this is available for out individual city's and town's.

Hard times? The lady in the grey sweatsuit can't afford a turkey, but she can afford some smokes! Typical HANDOUT crowd!

Must be hard to get those folks to put down their cigarettes and beer and get up from in front of their cable-fed HD TV's and walk put to their Cadillacs to drive down there for their free turkey dinners.

The grocery store is selling turkeys for $5.00. How much is a pack of cigarettes?

This is no surprise! I see ppl at the supermarket all the time with their EBT cards buying birthday cakes and ice cream.... think of it and they're buying it... But what is most disturbing is the ppl definitely don't look like they're in need! The woman was nicely dressed high heels her nails and hair done but she was able to buy the cake then take the rest out as cash... what is it? about 200 bucks they can get out... must be nice... My family is a struggling American Family and we don't qualify for this... it makes me sick...

Wow, I can't believe all the hateful comments! Let the first person who has actually never 1) received a hand out or favor of any sort and 2) never wasted any money on a non-necessity for themselves like junk food or a fancy pair of shoes be the one to cast the first stone here.

So the lady can afford smokes AND would like a nice turkey dinner (which costs more than $5 to prepare for yourself and family, thank you...) - so that makes her a bum?

This is a wonderful gesture and what this time of year is about. To bad SOME people can't see past their own racial and societally bigoted perceptions to get it! I wonder if many of these comments would be here had the groups comprised of a crowd that was mostly hispanic or white! hmmmm.

If they were giving vegan meals, I would consider a donation. But contributing to the death of innocent animals? No way.


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